Friday, January 27, 2023

James A Hewitt Jr., 73, of Williamsburg

James A Hewitt Jr. (Submitted)

James A Hewitt, Jr (Jim) went to his Lord on November 25th, having been surrounded by family. Jim was the beloved husband of Deborah Hewitt, father of Virginia, Joey, and Jimmy Hewitt, and brother of Linda Hewitt Upshaw, all of whom survive him. He was the son of Emily and Jim Hewitt, Sr. of Williamsburg, who preceded him in death.  A service of remembrance will be held at Williamsburg United Methodist Church on December 10 at 11:00am, where Jim was a long-time member.

Jim was born in Fremont, Ohio before moving to Williamsburg with his family, where he attended Matthew Whaley and James Blair. Growing up in Colonial Williamsburg, Jim was one of the earliest members of the Fife and Drum Corps. As he entered high school, his family moved to Richmond, where at 6’8” he was an outstanding basketball player for Huguenot High School and the University of Richmond. Jim was drafted into the Army, serving as a Military Police from 1971 to 1973. Upon returning home, he received his MBA from the University of Virginia, class of ‘75. This launched his 25-year career in the international oil industry. Jim was an auditor,  Manager of Finance, and then Chief Financial Officer for various operating companies of Caltex Oil, a division of Chevron, in over a dozen countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He retired from the oil industry in 1998, and he and his family moved back to Williamsburg. Jim brought his experience to the W&M School of Business, where he served first as a member of the Senior Executive Resource Corp, then as Assistant Dean for MBA programs, and finally as head of the Field Consultancy program. He also taught leadership and ethics.

Jim’s greatest legacy is as a devoted husband and father. An Eagle scout from Troop 103 himself, he returned to serve as a leader. He also supported the local summer and year-round swim leagues, serving as head stroke and turn official for many years. Throughout his children’s elementary, middle and high school years he never missed a swim meet, lacrosse game or volleyball match. Jim was a gentle giant, loved people, and won them over with his easy manner and quick smile. Jim passed peacefully at the Hospice House of Williamsburg after a decade-long challenge with dementia. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in his memory to the Respite Care Ministry at WUMC at https://secure.myvanco.com/YQ6S/campaign/C-Z82G.

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